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Bhutan: Bird flu - H5N1 - outbreak confirmed in Dagana poultry farm

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  • Bhutan: Bird flu - H5N1 - outbreak confirmed in Dagana poultry farm

    A suspected Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) outbreak was detected on 29 December last year on a lone poultry farm in Lhamoizingkha under Dagana.

    Farm Gaon located about 2.5 kms away from Lhamoizingkha town is prominent for rearing mixed types of birds like ducks, pigeons, geese, chicken. And often, wild birds predominantly Egrets and poultry birds are seen feeding together.

    The National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH) received two carcasses and five swabs samples on 29 December. Tissue samples from one of the carcass and a swab tested positive to H5N1 by real time Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction.

    “We confirmed the H5N1 out break on 30 December,” Dr. Kinzang said. He added that the officials had to demolish the poultry farm instantly in order to prevent flu spreading in other farm.

    The Incident Operation Centre(IOC) were mobilized at Lhamoizingkha, with the instruction to take on instant disease control and containment measures as per the National Influenza Preparedness Plan and Standard Operating Procedures. This was soon as the samples were detected positive.

    Awareness programs and disinfection around the affected locale were initiated to control further spread. The movement of poultry related products and members of the affected household have also been restricted for safety.

    The definite source of the outbreak is not known but the owner of the affected poultry farm Passang told the officials that there has been a death of single Myna about a month ago in his farm.